AFTER-FRINGE PARTY AND JAM The proprietors of the new Mills Avenue nightspot Club Swank were determined to have their place open in time to serve and enhance the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, and that's just what's happening beginning tonight. For the next 11 evenings, festival patrons and participants will be able to prolong their enjoyment by heading over to Swank after their last show of the day has ended; what they'll find there is an ever-changing menu of skits, songs, comedy routines and dances performed by Fringers who just don't know when to call it a night. The first installment of the after-party series is a special, extended affair, starting with a 4 p.m. happy hour that whets appetites for the Fringe's official kickoff event (6 p.m. in Loch Haven Park); at 11 p.m., the Swank scene kicks into high gear with a launch soirée co-hosted by club owner Leesa Halstead Franzen and Obscenity writer/star Christian Kelty. Orlando Weekly A&E editor Steve Schneider will cut the inaugural ribbon as a new tradition in purposeful insomnia begins. "It's for entertainers and people who want to hang out with entertainers," Franzen says. And as the song goes, people who want to hang out with entertainers are the luckiest people in the world. (through May 29 at Club Swank; 407-895-4599; free)
KEITH SCRAMBLE CAMPBELL Added to the new works (fresh from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) that the local-gone-Boulder artist will pull out of the back of his van for a brief show at DMAC is a never-seen tribute to Walt Disney painted by Scramble for the dreamer's 100th birthday commemoration in 2001. Appropriately titled "Dreamer," the black-and-white portrait features Walt surrounded by the painter's signature swirls and interpretations of Mickey, Donald, Goofy and others of Walt's creations hidden within. It was supposed to be the centerpiece for a live painting performance at the big party that would have ended with a canvas 10 times bigger, but it didn't happen - Campbell backed out because of his disgust at a (now-dropped) dispute with Disney over one of his early one-eyed icons that looks amazingly like the animated character Mike in Monsters, Inc. Campbell's also on this home visit to work with Sam Rivers on covers for the jazz legend's upcoming CDs before he heads back to Colorado in June for a summer residence at Red Rocks (where he sells paintings). Campbell's archives contain scores of paintings of Sam in action that he's captured over the last couple of decades - that's an exhibition just waiting to happen. (reception 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at The Gallery at Avalon Island at DMAC, through May 29; 407-992-1200, ext. 252; free)
FMF2005 Indie Film Jam Given the business orientation of the Florida Music Festival, it's not surprising that its first-ever indie-film subseries is being stressed as an opportunity for young directors to get their music-related videos and shorts in front of A&R reps and other industry pros. What that means to you, the audience, is a weekend spent perusing the work of Florida filmmakers who only have the $20 processing fee they've paid in common. As an added enticement, there are also five screenings of Tom Dowd & the Language of Music, a warm and wonderful documentary about the legendary record producer that was a highlight of the 2003 Florida Film Festival. While the reverent doc omits some of the darker entries on the late Dowd's résumé (he was reportedly fired from the sessions for Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors for getting inferior sounds), its compelling depiction of his nurturing personality and obvious passion for artistic achievement shows that music can still transcend money. Or so we hear. (at DMAC, through Saturday; free with FMF wristband; find times at www.floridamusicfestival.com)
7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live; 407-351-5483; $45, $55)
8 p.m. at The Social; 407-246-1419; $10)
7:30 p.m. at House of Blues; 407-934-2583; SOLD OUT)
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